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June FNSI

Posted by supermom on June 17, 2011

Handmade by Heidi

I almost forget, this month’s Friday Night Sew In is tonight.  But there’s still time to join.  This month the sign up is over on Bobbi’s blog:  Crafty Vega Mom.

I hope to be to the point where I can spend the evening sewing the binding on the Flying Zebra Baby Quilt that I’ll be donating to Bama Bound Quilts.

It would sure be nice to add another finish to the Projects Completed list.

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Quilt Tops and Mystery Plots

Posted by supermom on May 16, 2011

Originally I had only cut enough of the flying zebra fabric to make a baby quilt.  But when I realized I had enough left to turn the rest of it into two more child-sized quilts if I added a couple of horizontal strips in a coordinating fabric between the repeating print sections, I decided to go ahead and a make up three quilt tops.

Due to my sewing machine having some stitching issues and requiring not one but two trips to the repair shop (it’s still acting up), I didn’t get these done last week as I’d planned.  I finished the last top yesterday morning.

Here’s the baby quilt top.  It measures 51”X51”.

Each child-sized quilt tops measure 40”x60”.

I’m planning a hand-basting blitz over the next few days to get these ready to quilt.

As mentioned in this post, once it’s quilted and bound, the baby quilt will be going to Bama Bound Quilts for the tornado quilt victims in the Tuscaloosa area.  One of the two child-sized will be donated locally.   But I’ve decided to keep the second one to have for any visiting little ones to use during their stay.

Now… for the mystery part of this post:

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to read a good mystery.  My current favourites:  The Bewitching mystery series by Madelyn Alt, The Aunt Dimity books by Nancy Atherton, The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter by Susan Wittig Albert and The Victorian Mysteries by Robin Page (written by Susan Wittig Albert and her husband Bill) just to name a few.  Oh and of course, anything by that grand old dame of mystery writers… Agatha Christie.

Now it also goes without saying that I also love fabrics, sewing and quilting.  So when I discovered a way to combine the two, you know that I had to jump right in.

Quilting is Murder is a unique twist on the ever popular blog hop.  Starting on May 1st and continuing for 9 weeks a new chapter of the mystery is posted.   The chapters are available to anyone who wants to read them, but the real fun comes when you register to become a detective.

Once you’re registered, you can log in and access the list of 18 shops that are participating this time round.  Once you’ve visited each shop and collected all the clues, you’ll be entered into that week’s prize drawing.  And if you complete 5 of the nine weeks, you’ll then be entered into the Grand Prize drawing.

I registered the first week of May but there’s 7 more weeks to go, if you’d like to play along as well.  Oh and for my readers living in Canada, you’ll be pleased to know that one of the shops participating, Sew Sisters, is Canadian owned and operated.  They have both an on-line shop and a retail shop.

A mystery to solve, clues to gather and fabric to browse, now that’s what I call a winning combination.   At least, I can sure hope it makes a winning combination because if the first two weeks are any indication… I wouldn’t mind winning, nope, I wouldn’t mind in the least.

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Bloggers’ Quilt Festival – Yellow Bear Quilt

Posted by supermom on May 14, 2011

My entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival would certainly not qualify as the most beautiful or most intricately pieced or the most original.  Its design is a simple one; flannel blocks from a bear print that I fussy cut alternating with a coordinating yellow flannel.

Those blocks are framed with a single border cut from that same yellow flannel with a fussy cut rocking horse in each corner.

I used a coordinating yellow plaid flannel for the binding.  You can’t get much simpler than that.

What makes this quilt special, to me at least, is that it’s the second quilt I’d ever made; there being a twenty plus year gap between it and the first.   Also, this is the first baby quilt I’ve ever made.  Can you imagine… I have three adult children and even though I sewed a lot of their clothes when they were little, I never made them a quilt.

This quilt was made for Dave’s second grandchild.  I started it a few months before she was born, but she didn’t receive it until her second birthday.   Oh… I got the top finished before she was born, but then I got stuck because I wasn’t sure how to finish it.   It took almost two more years of reading quilt blogs and seeing how other people did things before I decided that ready or not, that quilt needed to be finished so that said grandchild could use it before she outgrew it.

There were so many things I learned over the process of making this quilt, starting with some basic quilting terms.  At the time I was cutting out the blocks for the top, I didn’t even know the term “fussy cut.”  I just knew I wanted a bear in the middle of each block and cut them out that way.  It wasn’t until later that I learned that fussy cutting was the term used to describe cutting out blocks to feature a certain print.

I learned about ¼” seams.  But it wasn’t until later that I figured out that a ¼” seam isn’t really a ¼” seam, it’s an almost ¼” seam.

I learned how to piece a backing.

I learned how to sew on a binding using a tutorial by Sharon Schamber.

I learned that I hate pin basting; which is one of the reasons why up until a month ago this quilt was only the second I’d ever completed.  Now that I’ve discovered hand-basting (again through another Sharon Schamber video tutorial) I’m hoping to get this top and this top turned into finished quilts.

Oh… and one more thing I learned is that quilts can be incredibly difficult to photograph.

But finally and perhaps most importantly, I learned that the quilting and crafting community contains some of the most interesting, generous and fun-loving people I’ve ever encountered.

Amy's Creative Side
Be sure to check out all the other quilts entered into the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival being held over at Amy’s Creative Side.

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Green Teddy Quilt Finished

Posted by supermom on April 20, 2011

I completed the green teddy baby quilt last Wednesday and was able to mail it off on our way out of town before our marathon trip to Canada.  It’s making its way to a little one in Japan via the Quilters Newsletter “Quilts for Japan” Appeal.  I received delivery confirmation that it had arrived Monday at Quilters Newsletter, well ahead of the April 30th deadline.

Before I mailed it off, I made sure to take lots of pictures.

Here is the front of the quilt.

As I mentioned in my WIP Wednesday post from two weeks ago, before quilting it I hand-basted the layers using Sharon Schamber’s method.  I’ll be writing a more thorough review after I’ve used it to baste a few more projects, but for now I’ll just say that this method of basting works!

I straight-line quilted horizontally and vertically 1/4 inch from the seams on either side the blocks.  And then for the border I sewed two lines 1/4 inch apart, then a 1/2 separation and two more lines 1/4 apart.

This is the back (complete with shadows of the other clotheslines.) Next time I will remember to turn the quilt around before photographing the back.

I sewed the binding with alternating patches of the green teddy flannel and the green flannel.

Here is a closer look at the binding.

The quilt got kind of fluffy and shrank a bit after I washed and dried it even though I had pre-washed the flannel.  Finished size was approx. 46″ X 58″.

There’s still time to send off a quilt or two if you’ve got ones you’ve made but don’t have plans for.   The address and other mailing info can be found here.

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WIP Wednesday – Baby Quilt

Posted by supermom on April 6, 2011

Now that one of the larger secret Christmas projects is finished, I’ve decided to pull out an old WIP.  I made this baby quilt top a little over three years ago.

Three years is a long time to wait to be quilted.

Here you can see that I fussy cut all the squares for with teddy bears.

I actually made two of these; one with teddies on a yellow background and this one on the green because I wasn’t sure which I wanted to send to Dave’s granddaughter when she was born.  I ended up sending the yellow (on her second birthday).  That one was so easy to quilt once I got a walking foot for my machine.  If only I’d gotten the walking foot sooner, she’d have had her quilt sooner.   Thank goodness I made them large enough that they’ll work on a toddler bed too.

This one has been in the drawer waiting to be finished.

Yesterday, I pulled it out and then started cutting the pieces for the backing and sewing them together.

Pieced quilt backing

Now I just need to cut the batting to size.  I’m using flannel drapery lining for the batting so that the quilt isn’t too heavy.

Once I get that done, I can start basting.  I’m going to use this quilt to practice Sharon Schamber’s hand basting method.   I pinned the yellow one when I quilted it, but found that I didn’t like having all those pins everywhere.  I’m hoping I like this method better.   Sharon has a couple of videos demonstrating how she hand bastes.

 

This post has been added to the WIP Wednesday link party over at Freshly Pieced.

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